Xcel Energy Inc. [XEL] stock Upgrade by BMO Capital Markets analyst, price target now $70



Xcel Energy Inc. [NASDAQ: XEL] gained 0.63% on the last trading session, reaching $68.37 price per share at the time. The company report on December 20, 2021 that Xcel Energy Announces Leadership Appointments.

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Bob Frenzel, Xcel Energy’s president and CEO, today announced that Brett Carter will be named group president, Utilities and chief customer officer and that Jeff Savage will be chief audit and financial services officer, both effective March 1, 2022.

Xcel Energy Inc. represents 539.00 million in outstanding shares, while the company has a total market value of $37.12 billion with the latest information. XEL stock price has been found in the range of $67.77 to $69.53.

If compared to the average trading volume of 3.40M shares, XEL reached a trading volume of 4175165 in the most recent trading day, which is why market watchdogs consider the stock to be active.

Here is what top equities market gurus are saying about Xcel Energy Inc. [XEL]:

Based on careful and fact-backed analyses by Wall Street experts, the current consensus on the target price for XEL shares is $71.36 per share. Analysis on target price and performance of stocks is usually carefully studied by market experts, and the current Wall Street consensus on XEL stock is a recommendation set at 2.90. This rating represents a strong Buy recommendation, on the scale from 1 to 5, where 5 would mean strong sell, 4 represents Sell, 3 is Hold, and 2 indicates Buy.

BMO Capital Markets have made an estimate for Xcel Energy Inc. shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Outperform, with their previous recommendation back on November 22, 2021. While these analysts kept the previous recommendation, BofA Securities raised their target price from $67 to $72. The new note on the price target was released on October 29, 2021, representing the official price target for Xcel Energy Inc. stock. Previously, the target price had yet another raise to $65, while Morgan Stanley analysts kept a Equal-Weight rating on XEL stock. On October 13, 2021, analysts increased their price target for XEL shares from 73 to 76.

The Average True Range (ATR) for Xcel Energy Inc. is set at 1.21, with the Price to Sales ratio for XEL stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 2.85. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 2.43, with the Price to Cash per share for the same quarter was set at 1.16.

Trading performance analysis for XEL stock

Xcel Energy Inc. [XEL] gain into the green zone at the end of the last week, gaining into a positive trend and gaining by 1.11. With this latest performance, XEL shares gained by 4.91% in over the last four-week period, additionally plugging by 1.00% over the last 6 months – not to mention a rise of 5.15% in the past year of trading.

Overbought and oversold stocks can be easily traced with the Relative Strength Index (RSI), where an RSI result of over 70 would be overbought, and any rate below 30 would indicate oversold conditions. An RSI rate of 50 would represent a neutral market momentum. The current RSI for XEL stock in for the last two-week period is set at 60.66, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 63.27, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 58.64 for Xcel Energy Inc. [XEL]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 65.59, while it was recorded at 68.04 for the last single week of trading, and 67.40 for the last 200 days.

Xcel Energy Inc. [XEL]: A deeper dive into fundamental analysis

Operating Margin for any stock indicates how profitable investing would be, and Xcel Energy Inc. [XEL] shares currently have an operating margin of +18.48 and a Gross Margin at +23.79. Xcel Energy Inc.’s Net Margin is presently recorded at +12.78.

Return on Total Capital for XEL is now 6.03, given the latest momentum, and Return on Invested Capital for the company is 4.34. Return on Equity for this stock inclined to 10.59, with Return on Assets sitting at 2.70. When it comes to the capital structure of this company, Xcel Energy Inc. [XEL] has a Total Debt to Total Equity ratio set at 152.90. Additionally, XEL Total Debt to Total Capital is recorded at 60.46, with Total Debt to Total Assets ending up at 39.60. Long-Term Debt to Equity for the company is recorded at 144.51, with the Long-Term Debt to Total Capital now at 57.14.

Reflecting on the efficiency of the workforce at the company, Xcel Energy Inc. [XEL] managed to generate an average of $129,586 per employee. Receivables Turnover for the company is 7.25 with a Total Asset Turnover recorded at a value of 0.21.Xcel Energy Inc.’s liquidity data is similarly interesting compelling, with a Quick Ratio of 0.70 and a Current Ratio set at 0.80.

Xcel Energy Inc. [XEL]: An earnings per share (EPS) analysis

The progress of the company may be observed through the prism of EPS growth rate, while Wall Street analysts are focusing on predicting the 5-year EPS growth rate for XEL. When it comes to the mentioned value, analysts are expecting to see the 5-year EPS growth rate for Xcel Energy Inc. go to 6.90%.

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An analysis of insider ownership at Xcel Energy Inc. [XEL]

There are presently around $27,910 million, or 77.50% of XEL stock, in the hands of institutional investors. The top three institutional holders of XEL stocks are: BLACKROCK INC. with ownership of 52,434,636, which is approximately -1.608% of the company’s market cap and around 0.10% of the total institutional ownership; VANGUARD GROUP INC, holding 48,398,225 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $3.29 billion in XEL stocks shares; and JPMORGAN CHASE & CO, currently with $2.7 billion in XEL stock with ownership of nearly -5.119% of the company’s market capitalization.

Positions in Xcel Energy Inc. stocks held by institutional investors increased at the end of January and at the time of the January reporting period, where 360 institutional holders increased their position in Xcel Energy Inc. [NASDAQ:XEL] by around 22,157,712 shares. Additionally, 349 investors decreased positions by around 22,878,892 shares, while 189 investors held positions by with 365,766,026 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 410,802,630 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. XEL stock had 59 new institutional investments in for a total of 7,543,607 shares, while 64 institutional investors sold positions of 2,874,697 shares during the same period.